For Makeup & Travel Bags…

I recommend...F21

I love simplifying my travel items, and these Forever 21 cuties have served me well. In case you’re needing to switch out your makeup & toiletry holders, then I definitely recommend these!

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Why they’re awesome:

  • They’re durable
  • Super cute design
  • Makeup bag is so light and can fold over if it’s not completely filled
  • Toiletry bag is sturdy and holds everything I ever need (I’m notorious for having a lot of “products”)

thelotustrail.comHave a great Thursday!

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Wardrobes and Wine in LA!

Hi guys! This post is meant for a select group of young women who I am overjoyed to meet on Wednesday, October 1st at Beverly Cultural Center in Los Angeles!

We’ll be talking about presenting ourselves well through our workplace wardrobes, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to spend the evening with you!

Watch the video below for a message just for YOU:

My question for you: WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST STYLE CHALLENGE TODAY?

See you soon!

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Smile on Picture Day

LotusLetters_TheLotusTrailDear Little Lotus,

How is school going?  I heard you had picture day, and that you decided to wear a bow in your hair. Good choice! Bows are not just for little girls in tulle dresses, ya know. I love wearing them in all ways and shapes too.

More importantly, I hope you SMILED when they took your picture.

I was going through some old photos of my family growing up, and I was horrified at some of my “experimental years”. I went through so many different style phases – girly, rocker chic, hipster... oh, how much I cringe at some of those photos! It’s not that I’m ashamed that I tried different things, it’s just that when I look back at those photos, I see a girl who was trying so hard to imitate other people.

Sometimes, we can get so caught up in trying to achieve a “certain look” that we lose our authentic selves in the process. My advice to you Little Lotus, is to just BE YOURSELF. Yes, you will go through so many style phases like me, but remember that all of these attempts to find your style personality is really a journey of discovering your true self.

And how will you know if your true self is coming out? Well, perhaps it’s in asking yourself how much you SMILE.

I rummage through these old photos and notice that I’m only smiling in some. Others I have this “just take it already” look, and then there’s the “half-smile with a hint of cool” expression (o brother!). My favorites are definitely the ones where I am smiling.

Have a wonderful week!

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For Your Everyday Makeup

So girls, to answer your questions about the products I use, I am excited to start a new series called “I Recommend…” just for you!

The first of this series was a no-brainer for me. Although I’m not the best at makeup, I do get asked about the products that I trust, and if I have to narrow it down to just one brand, it would be Bare Minerals.

I remember trying out the starter kit back in my college dorm room my sophomore year. I was so excited to tear open up the loose powder, that it flipped over and splattered all over the ground! I lost a good amount to my carpet :/, but the rest of it was more than enough to convince me that it was a good fit for my skin.

bare mineWhy I love Bare Minerals:

  • It’s light & airy (doesn’t even feel like anything is on my face)
  • Has great coverage
  • No greasiness or oiliness (good for my acne-prone skin)

It is a little on the expensive side depending on your budget (Foundation=$29 & Concealer=$20) but believe me, I have wasted so many precious dollars trying to find something else that works with no success. Luckily, it does last me several months and works like no other brand I’ve ever tried.

If you want to try a starter kit like I did, I highly recommend it, but just beware that you may never go back to your old makeup again! :)

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